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Sea turtles nest at record pace along Georgia coast

Jun. 12, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The number of sea turtle nests along the Georgia coast is on pace to set a record this year. Kris Williams is director of Caretta Research Project, a sea turtle conservation organization. She told the Savannah Morning News that beach patrols along the Georgia coast between Tybee and...

Authorities: cocaine seized from Port of Savannah container

Jun. 11, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities say they've seized more than 21 kilograms (47 pounds) of cocaine and arrested two people during a warehouse raid in Georgia. U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine said in a news release Tuesday that federal and local law enforcement agencies served a search warrant on the...

ACLU: Georgia sheriff revises policy on ban of jail books

Jun. 7, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says a Georgia sheriff's office has revised a policy that had prohibited inmates from receiving outside books and magazines by mail or from visitors. In April, the ACLU accused the Chatham County Sheriff's Office of violating the rights of inmates at...

Man gets DUI charge after reporting abuse by Georgia sheriff

May. 31, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A 75-year-old man who filed a complaint that a Georgia sheriff had grabbed him by the throat was arrested on a drunken-driving charge the following day, according to police reports. Prosecutors charged Bacon County Sheriff Mark Cothren on Wednesday with elder abuse, battery and...

Georgia sheriff charged with grabbing 75-year-old by throat

May. 30, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities arrested a rural Georgia sheriff on felony charges after he grabbed a 75-year-old man by the throat outside the sheriff's office, the lead investigator on the case said Thursday. Bacon County Sheriff Mark Cothren was booked at his own jail Wednesday on charges of battery,...

Georgia stops voting by felons using broadest reading of law

May. 28, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Leon Brown is trusted enough to drive a tractor-trailer inside one of the nation's busiest seaports more than six years after being released from prison. But he's not allowed to vote in Georgia because of a law rooted in the years after the Civil War, when whites sought to keep blacks...

Heat wave before summer even starts grips Deep South

May. 27, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A scorching heat wave weeks before the start of summer is gripping the Deep South with several cities reporting the hottest temperatures ever recorded in May. High temperatures were at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius) Monday in Florence and Columbia, South Carolina;...

Temps reach 100 degrees as heat records fall in Deep South

May. 26, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The unofficial start of summer feels more like its blistering peak in parts of the Deep South, where temperatures at or near 100 degrees are setting heat records during the Memorial Day weekend. Heat and humidity were forecast to combine for a dangerous heat index of 105 degrees...

Erie native dives for prehistoric shark teeth

May. 25, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Bill Eberlein, a 1983 graduate of Erie Tech Memorial High School, learned to dive in the murky waters of Lake Erie, honing his skills with the Erie County Sheriff's Office Scuba Team. Maybe that's why the the 54-year-old Erie native is so comfortable most mornings when he plunges 40 or 50...

Judge: License law violated speech rights of Georgia guides

May. 21, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's oldest city violated the free-speech rights of tour guides by requiring them to pass a written history test and get a license, a federal judge said in a ruling that's largely symbolic since the licensing law was scrapped years ago. The ruling Monday by U.S. District Court...